Weekend Sports Recap: Penn State Dominates Across The Board
Another weekend is in the books for Penn State Athletics, and it was another success across the spectrum. The busy weekend had one common theme: winning. Whether it was on the gridiron, volleyball courts, soccer pitch, ice, or in the swimming pool, Penn State found a way to get it done. Take a look at how each team performed.
Men’s soccer posted a 2-0 victory in a Big Ten matchup over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday night . The shutout marks the team’s fifth of the season, and only adds to the resume of a squad that’s been displaying a tough defensive prowess since the season opener. The team now boasts a record of 5-3-2 and 2-1-1 against Big Ten opponents, and is set to take on the Maryland Terrapins this coming Friday at home.
Women’s Soccer posted two goals while allowing none on Sunday afternoon against the Northwestern Wildcats. The shutout is the fifth of the season for the Nittany Lions, pushing their season record to 8-2-2 and 3-1-1 in the Big Ten. The team showed dominance on the defensive side of the ball with its lethal combination of intelligence, discipline, and physicality, and flashed its improved offensive ability with a handful of players stepping up. The team will take on two Big Ten opponents in the next week, with the Maryland Terrapins and Indiana Hoosiers head into Happy Valley on Thursday, October 8 and Sunday, October 11.
Although the weekend got off to a shaky start for the No. 1 Nittany Lions, the team was able to bounce back from a tough loss Friday night to the No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers. The loss Friday night could be labeled a “heartbreaker,” as it snapped the team’s long-standing undefeated streak. The loss was a tough one for the team, but Rose’s squad didn’t have time to mourn the loss, as the Lions were set to host Iowa on Sunday. The team bounced back, posting a dominant victory over the Hawkeyes while improving to 14-1 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play. The team’s next opponents are Illinois and Northwestern, taking on both on the road this week.
The football team took on the Army Black Knights on Saturday in a cold, rainy, and “sold-out” Beaver Stadium. The team posted a tight 20-14 victory over the Black Knights in a game that was headlined by impressive defense. The offense struggled throughout, especially when faced with third down situations, but there were signs of improvement towards the end, especially as players like Chris Godwin stepped up to the plate and delivered. The Nittany Lions are set to take on the upstart Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium for Homecoming.
The men and women’s teams took on Emory University in Atlanta Georgia Saturday in a non-conference matchup that resulted in the Nittany Lions sweeping the Eagles. The men decisively defeated the Emory 184-107, and the women walked away with a 184-115 victory. Both teams displayed great ability in the pool and posted impressive times in multiple different strokes. The men’s team improved to 1-1 with the victory and the women moved to 3-0 with the win. The swimming teams will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies next at McCoy Natatorium on Friday, October 16th.
Similar to the Volleyball team, the Field Hockey walked away from the weekend with a 1-1 record, falling to No. 2o Princeton 2-0, but defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-1. The loss to No. 20 Princeton was tough, as the Tigers played a strong defensive game holding the Nittany Lions to only one shot in the second half. The Bobcats on the other hand could not handle Penn State’s ball-handling prowess, promptly falling to the Nittany Lions. The team will take on the Maryland Terrapins in a key Big Ten matchup Friday, October 9 in a field hockey whiteout at Bedford Field.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The Women’s ice hockey team took a tough loss at the hands of the No. 1 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday in the team’s season opener at Pegula Ice Arena. The team only allowed two goals — an improvement from last year’s debilitating loss. The Nittany Lions will look ahead to recover from the loss from the loss, but the season is far from lost. The team will take on the Boston University Terriers next in Boston.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The men’s Ice Hockey team took on Windsor University of Ontario, Canada in a tough matchup at Pegula Ice Arena. The team went down 2-0 by the second period, but Guy Gadowsky’s young squad was able to turn around the score-line to net five unanswered goals against the Canadian powerhouse. The team will look to take down the Canisius College Griffins this Friday in what should be a physical matchup.
Another weekend is in the books for Penn State Athletics, which looks to capitalize on its resounding success in the coming weeks.